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In memory and honor of Boaz Pak, Luke Nishikawa, Simon Son, and Chong Shin, we invite those who knew them to share memories and messages here. We have also been overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement and sympathy from those who understand and wish to support the students and family in this time of loss. All such thoughts are welcome here as well.

Thoughts and Memories


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Rick, Marsha and Eric Claus wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm:

Our hearts go out to the families and college family of these four fine young men. Although we were never blessed to meet these men as we live in Georgia, our prayers will be for God's arms of love and comfort to be wrapped around each affected by there deaths. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

N wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm:

I did my senior practicum at St. Helena. My prayers are with everyone there at PUC and the famlies who have lost a loved one. How much this shows how we need to prepare to live the future but prepare as if this will be our last day. Claim Isaiah 57:1-2

Floyd Hayes, Professor of Biology, PUC wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:28 pm:

Boaz was a student who finished two of my courses (Animal Behavior and Vertebrate Biology) and he was taking Principles of Ecology from me this fall. He was a very good student who strived to do well, and he was a fun-loving, likable guy. I am very sad that he has passed away. My family and I have been praying for the families and friends of the four students.

Jimmy J. Ha (PUC Instructor) wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 7:03 am:

I had Luke in several classes over the past couple of years. On one exam, I had urged the students to do their best, and not to give up, not to leave questions unanswered. When I received Luke's test, I read on the top of his paper a note he had written to himself: "I, Luke Nishikawa, will not give up." He passed that exam.

A youth group in Australia wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 2:33 am:

Thinking of and praying for all involved with this tragedy and all the friends and family who are grieving. We're all looking forward to a time where there will be no more sadness and death. We have hope! Take care, Ben & all the youth at Landsborough SDA Church. Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia.

Kathy Heinichen wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 2:12 am:

It is such a low feeling to lose such loved ones. The lives not fully lived. God rest their souls and may their Guardian Angels comfort their family and friends.

Bechard family wrote on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:06 am:

The Lord is our strength! Let us look forward to Jesus' second coming so we can be reunited with Luke,Chong,Pak,and Simon. May the blessings of the Lord be upon the families, friends, and to all who witnessed the God like characters of these 4 young men. Keep the students and staffs at PUC safe is also our prayer in Jesus'Name,AMEN!

HMA ALUMNI wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm:

the alumni from HMA that are currently living and studying in so-cal send our aloha to the Nishikawa family and to family and friends of the other men. HMA c/o 2004 the other alumni keep you in our prayers. LUKE..all i can say is "KUDOS" (clap clap) i will always remember the time at camp with Mark and Myeron. Seeing you interact with the kids i knew that you would be a great teacher. Sleep well LUKE..when you wake up there will be some ONO GRINDZ and we can kanekapila with everyone.

Michael Yi Andrews University wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm:

My heart and prayer are with the families and friends.

K wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm:

Rest in sweet, sweet peace boys... None of us will ever forget any of you and the impact you have made in this world. I know you are safe now and I cannot wait for you four to meet us all in Heaven. We love you and miss you with all of our hearts. Thank you for being the people whom we all strive to be like... And Lukey, like your dad said, I cant wait to that smiling face with those amazing dimples... Amazing Newton 4, Im going to like there is no tomorrow... Thank you.

Justin Self, 06 grad with Boaz wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 7:16 pm:

I've known Boaz since the 6th grade and I graduated with him in our tiny class of 10 people, we were a family. Now there will always be a gap at our reunions. I will always remember our football games. I had to hold him back from our opponents many times because he would get fired up during those games haha! As Alex Lee said, Boaz was very passionate. Sleep well boys, because a lot of people can't wait to see you.

Karen Smith wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 7:08 pm:

Although I never knew these four young men, I am touched by their stories of service. The Penuel Church in Culpeper Virginia are praying for the grieving families and friends.

Trista Hogue (former PUC student) wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 7:08 pm:

I was saddened to hear about this tragic occurence. I didn't know these young men personally, but I did have several classes with each of them during my time at PUC. My thoughts are prayers go out to anyone and everyone who has been effected by this. God bless.

Jessica (Andrews University) wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 6:54 pm:

Please know that the echoes of this event have reached all the way to Michiana and heartfelt prayers go up continually for you from Berrien Springs. We mourn with you.

Calvin Chuang, Australia wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 3:30 pm:

Luke Nishikawa was a class act. He was always generous, chill and just downright naturally friendly. It was a privillege to get to hang out and spend time with him. Luke, I'm going to miss you terribly mate. And when we get to heaven you owe me those surf lessons.

Saddened wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 3:30 pm:

As I read this I am amazed at what a wonderful community we have. I just wanted to add that Loma Linda University prays for you and your loss PUC

Kessia Reyne Bennett (Andrews University) wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 3:13 pm:

Andrews University is mourning with you, PUC. So sorry for the loss of these fine young men. In the words of Scripture, "An enemy hath done this..." May the promises of God bring some comfort at this time. "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you." Romans 16:20.

Steve Chairez wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 2:51 pm:

I was very shcoked when I recieved the news that Luke passed away. At first I couldnt believe it. To think that someone so young and an overall great person could just be taken from us... so quickly. I express my deepest simpathys to Lukes family and those of the other departed. Luke was a great friend. His humor and the way he viewed life, as if it were a great day every day, with a smile on his face... will be greatly missed.

Carmen D. Hunt wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm:

My prayers go out the the families of each of these young men. I pray the Lord will comfort them during this sorrowful time. It won't be long before we will all meet in Heaven. I look forward to meeting these four young men there.

Keith Ganzon wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 2:02 pm:

I first met Luke in 2004 during my freshmen year. He was one of my first friends and we used to always hang out in the cafe at PUC. I was devastated when I heard the news. Luke was always a genuine, kind hearted friend who was loved by everyone. God has a plan for all of us and now God has a better plan for Luke in heaven. We all lost a GREAT friend and he will never be forgotten.

Bonnie Beres (Andrews University) wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 1:59 pm:

We are all brothers & sisters in Christ & our family has tragically been diminished by four. My prayers are with the PUC community & especially the families of these young men. But we do not mourn as others do who have no hope!

Dorcas Lubega wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 1:44 pm:

Dear family and friends of those four wonderful men, Words fail to express my sincere condolences. It is nice to know though, that they loved the Lord and served humanity in their short lives. Please hold on to the blessed hope,--you will see them again soon in the earth made new. It won't be long! Ps. 31:24.

Evan wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 1:38 pm:

Simon, I can't believe you're gone. I know we always disagreed on religion, but my prayers are going out to you and your family now. I love you and I hope you were right about everything.

Gordon Kainer wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 1:23 pm:

As a student of mine, Boaz was a great student and friend. His death brings sorrow to my heart but I am bouyed in knowing that he is safe and secure in his Savior's arms.

Ryan (04)and Amy Jones of Bakersfield wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 1:20 pm:

although we didn't know the young men involved in this horrible tragedy, as fellow PUC Alumni Our hearts hurt at the news of what happened, our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family and friends of these young men. May these gentlemen rest in peace until that great day.

Marcelo Constanzo wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:56 pm:

Boaz was one of my students at RAA. He was the kind of guy that everybody loved. I'm sure he surrounded himself with good friends too. My wife and I wanted to send our love and prayers to his family and friends. We loved him and I'm glad to know that we will see him again. "...and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and the death shall not be any more, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor shall there be any more pain, because the first things did go away."

Amabel Tsao, Member, PUC Board of Trustees wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:38 pm:

My husband and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of these four young men, whose vibrant lives have been cut short. It is truly a terrible loss. May God's love, comfort, and protection surround each of you and your loved ones.

Ross Kelley - Union College wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:36 pm:

Even though this tragedy happened a half a country away, it feels like it hits home. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and when something like this happens it shakes us all. My thoughts and prayers are with the vitims friends and family, along with everyone at PUC. God bless in your time of sorrow.

Amy, Assistant Dean, Hawaiian Mission Academy wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm:

Luke and his headstands on a surfboard will be greatly missed. HMA joins with all of you at PUC who are saddened and mourning. Prayers and love are sent your way.

Bruce Nicola, Jr., Pastor, Lakeport/Upper Lake wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm:

My heart, love, and prayers go out to the parents, family members and many friends of these four young men. I lost a son eight years ago who attended PUC and this brings back the heartache of that loss. I join these parents in looking for being reunited very soon with our sons. Until then.....

Former Student of PUC wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 11:52 am:

My husband and I have been praying for the families and friends. May the Lord give you peace and hope. May His Words be the only comfort at this time.

Krystalynn Martin wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 11:36 am:

We here at Rio Lindo Academy are thinking of and praying for family and friends. We have had times devoted to prayer and our hearts are with those affected. We look forward to the soon return of Jesus where there will be no more tears, or pain, or death.

PUC wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 11:26 am:

I never had the honor to know any of these young men. I wish I had. My heart and my prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost such precious young men.

Joanne Acierto wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 11:17 am:

Always heartbreaking to lose a piece of our adventist family! We will see them again! Asking God to comfort the family and friends...

Rosa Jimenez, Walla Walla University wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 10:44 am:

My heart goes out to the families and the campus. So sorry.

Belita Newby wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 10:33 am:

Even though I don't know the students personally, I here at Oakwood University have dealt with similar tragedy's. My prayers are with the families and friends of these students. Please remember that Jesus Loves You & so do I.

Sara Acevedo wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 10:28 am:

my thoughts and prayers are with the families affected. May God bless you and may you feel his arms wrapped around you during this time.

Nanez, Omar wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 9:59 am:

I never got a chance to know no one of those guys. May God confort and sustain their families during this hard time. But let us not forget about the Hope we have in Christ, when we all be reunited with our love ones in that brightly mornign. My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

DelMario Liddell, Student, Andrews University wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 9:56 am:

My prayers are with the families of these four students. God will restore them to you when He comes again. Be encouraged :)

Frank and Liz Capizano wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 9:33 am:

Our prayers are lifted up daily for the families of these precious young men. We knew Luke and his family while teaching at HMA. We love you Koji, Masumi, and Christal, Jesus is walking with you, Psalm 23.

Sheila Clark, Canadian University College wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 9:12 am:

My prayers are with all of you. Grief stabs the soul and blinds the eyes but God is ever-present. May you feel wrapped in His love and carried by His community of people who care.

Pastor and Mrs. Kris Widmer wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 9:05 am:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the PUC family. As we have many friends at PUC and our son is a current student, this hits very close to our hearts. May God's Comfort Surround All

Randy Eagan wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 8:46 am:

Tara's Dad I remember when tara had boaz over to our house thay had more fun than two hi school kids should have Well miss u so thanks for the mems. Ran.

Sylvia Rochester--Oakwood University wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 8:23 am:

May the strength of Our Heavenly father sustain you in this your darkest hour and may the love of friends and family surround you and remind you that God is love. Remember that in all things His Love is secure. God bless

George Hilton wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 7:50 am:

I have been gone from PUC for two and a half years, but I don't have to know these students in particular to understand the loss. My prayers are with the families, and with PUC. I am once again reminded of why it's so great to be a Christian. We have a blessed hope.

Ed and Karen wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 7:45 am:

Our thoughts of overwhelming sadness are consoled by the promise of our Lord. We want to express our sympathies to the families of these fine Christian men. We knew Luke from Hawaii and know his parents very well. Our thoughts go to them expecially in this time of sorrow.

Stacey Smith wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 7:12 am:

My prayers are with your families. No words can fill the void of a son, friend, or brother. May you fill God's arms hold you tight. with Love, Stacey

leele New York wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 6:59 am:

I would like to send my condolences to the family and friends of these four students. May thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Janya Mekelburg, Alumni Director Union College wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 6:58 am:

When even breathing hurts because of your loss -- God will give you breath. Oh, God please come soon--take us home--and end the ache. Many prayers are with you.

Arvin Tanag (Southern Adventist University, HMA '05) wrote on Nov 20, 2008 at 5:17 am:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the four students who lost their lives too soon. I'll always remember Luke as the crazy fun dude who had a heart of gold. I'll miss our jam sessions at HMA. I'll miss going to the beach and trying to keep up with your surfboard on my lil boogieboard. I'll miss the awesome teriyaki chicken you made that one time we had a BBQ at your backyard. Imma miss you buddy... I'm glad to have known an awesome friend like you...

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